Comic-Con: Why Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ Is No Laughing Matter

Director Edgar Wright's super-small superhero 'is funny, but it's not a comedy,' he tells MTV News at Comic-Con.

SAN DIEGO — Don’t laugh at “Ant-Man.”

Yes, he has a silly name. Sure, his power-set is a little low on the totem pole compared to some of Earth’s other mighty heroes like the Incredible Hulk and Captain America. But when the character gets his very own movie from Marvel Studios and director Edgar Wright, it won’t be a laughing matter.

At Comic-Con, Wright spoke with MTV News about what fans can expect from “Ant-Man,” his long-developing comic-book movie that’s currently set for a November 2015 release. The filmmaker is well-known for infusing even his most action-packed films with a healthy amount of comedy — but when it comes to “Ant-Man,” expect the tone to fall in line with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“The other Marvel movies are funny,” said Wright, who was at SDCC to hype his new flick, “The World’s End.” “‘Iron Man’ is funny, but it’s not a comedy. It’ll be in that tone.”

Wright’s involvement with “Ant-Man” dates all the way back to conversations with Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige in the early 2000s. Now, so many years later, he’s ready to bring the character to life in Marvel’s creatively unified universe.

“The script is done and I start doing prep on it in October,” he revealed. “‘Ant-Man’ is [going to be] better with 2015 effects than with 2005 effects. It has to be.”

What “Ant-Man” doesn’t have — at least not yet — is a leading man. Indeed, it’s not even clear which version of Ant-Man fans will see in the movie: arrogant scientist Hank Pym, reformed burglar Scott Lang, or another version entirely. Rumors have put actors like Armie Hammer and Nathan Fillion in the Ant-Man hot-seat, but Wright’s lips are sealed. With Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation set for later this day, it’s entirely possible that a casting announcement is imminent.


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